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On May 20, 2009, the newly painted dome of the Jefferson County Courthouse caught fire. Smoke billowed hundreds of feet in the air and flames rose out of the clock tower. Fire officials reported that the fire was tentatively under control just before pm. The dome of the courthouse was being painted in celebration of Madison's bicentennial.
Madison's location across the Ohio River from Kentucky, a slave state, made it an important location in the Underground Railroad, which worked to free fugitive slaves.
George De Baptiste's barbershop in town became a nerve center of the local group.
Madison's days as a leading Indiana city were numbered, however, when river traffic declined and new railroads built between Louisville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati tapped into Madison's trade network.
As a result, Madison's growth did not continue at the same pace it had experienced before the Civil War.
Madison is one of the core cities of the Louisville-Elizabethtown-Madison metroplex, an area with a population of approximately 1.5 million.
In 2006, the majority of Madison's downtown area was designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States—133 blocks of the downtown area is known as the Madison Historic Landmark District.Eleven were killed in this storm while an additional 300 were injured.According to WHAS-TV in Louisville, 90% of Hanover was destroyed or severely damaged, including the Hanover College campus.Successful for more than a decade, the railroad went into decline and was sold at foreclosure in 1862, renamed the Indianapolis & Madison Railroad, and after a series of corporate transfers, became part of the massive Pennsylvania Railroad system in 1921.In March 1924, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce was founded to aid area business growth and development.Authorities stated that the cause of the fire was a contractor using an open-flame propane torch to solder two pieces of copper together in one of the built-in gutters on the north side of the roof.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating